Adding aromatherapy to your massage does more than just create a pleasant scent in the room. Smells can evoke strong emotional reactions. Our olfactory receptors are directly connected to the primitive part of the brain known as the limbic system, which is believed to control mood, memory, behavior and emotion.
Using oils such as geranium, lavender or chamomile provides a powerful way to de-stress during a massage. Lemon and orange act as mood lifters while peppermint and eucalyptus are stimulating and energizing. Effective ways to administer the oils for altering mood or emotional state is by diffusion into the air or by direct inhalation.
In addition to diffusion and inhalation, essential oils can also be mixed with oil or lotion and applied topically during the massage. This method is effectively used to treat physical issues such as skin conditions, muscle soreness, congestion and headaches.
Try something new during your next massage! Let your therapist know what you would like to address and she will help you pick a great smelling potent treatment for whatever ails you!